Title:             Intention

 By:                Marilyn Lerner / Ken Filiano / Lou Grassi

​ Released:      2019

 Format:         CD

 Catalog No:   MW 995-2

 Price :            12 EUR

Tracklist:

1. Intention 6:41

2. Metamorphosis 17:26

3. Plink Plunk 11:57

4. Eric’s House 15:47

5. No Farewell 10:23

6. Cavern of Mystery 11:33

Lineup:

Marilyn Lerner – piano

Ken Filiano – bass & EFX

Lou Grassi – drums & percussion

Recorded November 30, 2018

Review:

Canadian pianist equally at home in 20th-century classical music, Jewish and Klezmer music, and jazz/improvisation, Lerner is here on display exercising her talents in the last category with a tension-filled trio of Americans Ken Filiano on bass and Lou Grassi on drums.  Lerner’s chops are something to behold as she rides the wind.  But she can also play with reserve and grace, and she has an ability to embrace beauty and intensity simultaneously.  The influence of her classical music interests is evident, but the music seldom sounds like chamber improvisation, with the jazz element more pronounced—not surprising given the progressive jazz bona fides of Filiano and Grassi.  Recorded live at Eric’s House of Improv in NYC, there’s an electricity in the air, and the inspired music herein is as gorgeous as it is challenging.

(review courtesy of © Carl Pearson, WFHB Bloomington, IN  USA)
 

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